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Jan 12, 2018
Jan 12, 2018
Elebash Recital Hall


Friday, Januaray 12
8:30am–12:30pm Elebash Recital Hall
1:00pm–2:30pm The Segal Theatre 
Free & open to the public

The Martin E. Segal Theatre CenterTheatre Without BordersThe H.E.AT. Collective and Tamizdat join forces to present a timely community conversation exploring the challenges and power of progressive activist theatre. At this cultural moment many in the arts are seeking ways to bring activism into their work; this symposium will be a platform for sharing ideas and resources. It will inform, empower, recharge, facilitate, and inspire.

A selection of resistant theatre projects from around the world will present their work as examples; leading activist artists will discuss their challenges and successes; practitioners will present on diversity, climate and sustainability, artist rights, artist mobility, and producing. An open discussion and working lunch will follow. The Symposium is for artists, activists, and administrators alike, and is designed to build communities across borders, genres, and disciplines. We will share best practices and learn from our colleagues in the U.S. and abroad.

Scheduled speakers and panelists include: Chen AlonIman AounChantal BilodeauEmilya CachaperoMatthew CoveyDavid J. DiamondLilly FellmanCatherine FillouxDerek Goldman, Sanjoy and Sima GangulySue HamiltonFrank HentschkerSouliman KhatibJulia Levine, Jessica LitwakJonathan MethDijana MilosevicIssa NyaphagaDeepa PurohitMartha RedboneAri RothKaty RubinNisha SajnaniSaviana StanescuJulie TrebaultNia Witherspoon, and Mia Yoo.

Please register at mestc@gc.cuny.edu
For more info contact conference@theatrewithoutborders.com



Sue Hamilton & Jessica Litwak, (Artists Rise Up LA/NY)
Issa Nyaphaga (Radio Taboo, Cameroon)
Dijana Milosevic (Dah Theater, Serbia)
Soulamaina (Yes Theater, Palestine, West Bank)
Katy Rubin (Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, NY)
Sanjoy and Sima Ganguly, (Jana Sanskriti, India)
Lilly Fellman, (Arts Rights Justice, EU)
Soulaiman Khatib and Chen Alon (Combatants for Peace, Israel/Palestine)
Jonathan Meth, (The Fence, UK)
Iman Aoun, (Ashtar Theater, Palestine, Gaza)
Mia Yoo, (La Mama, NY)
Derek Goldman (Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, DC)

10:30-11:30 ARTIST CONVERSATIONS, moderated by David J. Diamond
Catherine Filloux
Jessica Litwak
Saviana Stanescu
Martha Redbone
Nia Witherspoon
Deepa Purohit
Ty Jones

Emilya Cachapero, Theatre Communications Group
Nisha Sanjani, NYU Drama Therapy Department
Matthew Covey, Tamizdat
Julie Trebault, PEN America
Julia Levine, Climate Change Theater Action
Chantal Bilodeau, Climate Change Theater Action
Ari Roth, Mosaic Theater12:30-12:40 WHAT DO WE CAN WE DO?Frank Hentschker, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center12:30-2:30 WORKING/NETWORKING LUNCH

12:40-1:30 OPEN DISCUSSION, moderated by Jessica Litwak

Theatre Without Borders [TWB] is an informal, grass-roots, all-volunteer, virtual, global community that shares information and builds connections between individuals and institutions interested in international theatre and performance exchange. TWB was born out of a need to connect artists around the world. TWB advocates for theatre artists who see themselves as members of a global community, as well as citizens of their respective nations and cultures. TWB engages with artists at all levels of practice. TWB is not a funder, producer or presenter. We plant seeds and watch the plants grow and develop, thanks to our many partners.

The H.E.A.T. Collective presents workshops, events and productions that combine these four approaches to create dynamic theatrical explorations that advocate justice, healing and community building. The organization’s mission is to promote the artful expression of courageous generosity through socially engaged theatre actions. The H.E.A.T. Collective’s name is an acronym for Healing, Education, Activism and Theatre. www.theheatcollective.org

Founded in 1998 by an international group of musicians, Tamizdat is a nonprofit organization that facilitates international cultural exchange. Tamizdat’s mission is motivated by the conviction that the international exchange and mobility of culture is fundamental to the growth of global civil society. Tamizdat has been involved with a wide range of activities aimed at facilitating international cultural exchange… we have booked festival showcases in the U.S. and Europe, organized tours, sponsored events, and for years we ran a CD distribution coalition. Since 2000, Tamizdat’s primary program activities have sought to help the international performing arts community address problems presented by U.S. immigration policy and procedure. www.tamizdat.org